Roma and SPAL meet at Stadio Olimpico, in a match for the 15 th round of Serie A. These two teams have never met before, so this will be their first direct match. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the SPAL presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 10 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 4 th position, with 31 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Lazio, by (2-1). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Genoa, by (1-1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 40 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 27 goals scored and 12 conceded. In the last 7 home league matches Roma has a record of 5 wins and 2 losses, so they have won 15 points out of 21 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 12 of its last 13 games for Serie A, of these 12 came to rest in advantage in 7 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10 .
Roma continues to make a good campaign in the Italian championship and has in this exhibition the opportunity to conquer its fourth consecutive victory at home in the competition, to reach its seventh game in a row without losing. On the last day, he had much more game volume than the opponent, but left much to be desired in offensive terms, so he drew against Genoa. The defensive performance presented in that confrontation is consistent with what the team has been showing since the start of the competition, as it currently has the worst defense, next to Napoli, having suffered nine goals in thirteen matches. The club is outstanding for its ability to change passes, which allows a good possession of the ball and also a good volume of goal opportunities created, being the third most final team. For this match, the coach will not have at his disposal midfielder De Rossi, who is serving a suspension.
After 2 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses, the away team is currently in the 18 th position, with 10 points won. In the last match, they lost in an away match against Chievo by (2-1), after in the previous match they tied at home, in a match against Fiorentina, by (1-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. The team comes to this match after a home loss to Cittadella by (0-2). For the championship, SPAL won 2 points out of 21 possible, after 2 draws and 5 losses in the last 7 home matches.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 7 away matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 8 away matches for all competitions: they have suffered 5 of their 13 goals between minutes (16’-30 ‘).
The SPAL is still going through a very complicated moment in the Italian league, considering that it has only two victories in fourteen days and now it has not won for three games. In his last match, he opened the scoring in the first half, but he did not manage to grab the owners of the house and ended up defeated by Chievo. As was evident on this last day, in which his only goal was an own goal, the team was characterized by a somewhat inefficient offensive system, which did not score five times and is now among the worst six in the championship. In addition, the club is the second least finished in the competition. The SPAL is one of the three teams that has not yet won away from home and in that condition only scored four goals. The 3-5-2 is still the training used by the coach, which will probably keep midfielder Schiattarella among the starting eleven.
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